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Blow-Up Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
July 31, 2007
There may be some meaning, some commentary about life being a game, beyond what remains locked in the mind of film's creator, Italian director-writer Michelangelo Antonioni. But it is doubtful that the general public will get the 'message' of this film.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
As often with Antonioni, a film riddled with moments of brilliance and scuppered by infuriating pretensions.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
I have enough faith in my judgment to recognize a stinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jake Euker
January 28, 2004
Every generation has a cautionary tale like Blow-Up, but its hypocrisy is special: it peddles what it condemns. Just as tired and offensive today as it was in '66.
| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Pauline Kael
The New Republic
February 4, 2013
In Blow-Up [Antonioni] smothers this conflict in the kind of pompous platitudes the press loves to designate as proper to "mature," "adult," "sober" art.
Penelope Houston
The Spectator
April 11, 2016
This remains a failure for which I would trade ten successes: a totally absorbing experience on the screen, a film of deceptive, tricky surfaces and cold perceptions.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
See it for the bell bottoms and the birds, and if the existential riddle at the core of the film captures your imagination, so much the better.
| Original Score: 93/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 20, 2006
Whether there was a murder isn't the point. The film is about a character mired in ennui and distaste, who is roused by his photographs into something approaching passion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
Speaks to the inescapability of modern man's emotional and spiritual alienation.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
August 22, 2015
Michelangelo Antonioni's first English language film is an allegorical murder mystery whose abstract parameters delineate a society where images are more important, and lasting, than reality.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 31, 2007
This is so ravishing to look at (the colors all seem newly minted) and pleasurable to follow (the enigmas are usually more teasing than worrying) that you're likely to excuse the metaphysical pretensions.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 8, 2004
The ennui stretches into the very story itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 3, 2004
Relying only on our subjective perceptions and personal interpretations, we are asked to find the truth for ourselves.
| Original Score: 88/100
Kent Turner
April 26, 2004
Peter Brunette's detailed and entertaining commentary refreshingly acknowledges that, at many points, 'Things don't add up in this movie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 13, 2005
A fascinating take on the mod lifestyle.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 10, 2009
O rigor estético aqui exibido por Antonioni, somado à excepcional montagem de Frank Clarke, à bela fotografia de Carlo Di Palma e à atuação inspirada de Hemming, garante ao filme um vigor e um charme que só crescem com o tempo.
| Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 4, 2013
A prize '60s artifact, Michelangelo Antonioni's what-is-truth? meditation on Swinging London is a movie to appreciate -- if not ponder.
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